IRA MALEK PLAYER PIANOS

         - ESTABLISHED 1964

 iramalekplayerpianos@yahoo.com

                917-231-4247


WHEN YOU CHOOSE IRA MALEK PLAYER PIANOS, YOU ARE CHOOSING A FATHER AND SON BUSINESS OF 51 YEARS. WE DO ALL THE WORK OURSELVES IN OUR WORKSHOP. WE ARE FULLY ACCESSIBLE BY TELEPHONE AND EMAIL FROM 9 AM - 11 PM, 7 DAYS A WEEK. WE HAVE TESTIMONIAL FROM THE PRESIDENT OF QRS TO WHOM WE HAVE SOLD A PLAYER PIANO TO A MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY, NOT TO MENTION  RECOMMENDATION BY MANY OTHERS WHICH CAN BE VIEWED ON OUR WEBSITE.

WHEN IT COMES TO THE FINEST RESTORATION QUALITY AVAILABLE, WE HAVE THE PICTURES TO NOT JUST SAY WHAT WE DO BUT TO SHOW IT. ANYONE CAN CLAIM RESTORED, BUT SHOW US THE PICTURES, INSIDE AND OUT. PROVIDE THE SPECIFICATIONS. ALL OF OUR OWN PLAYER PIANOS WE NOW DO TO LEVEL THREE RESTORATION QUALITY, WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

IF YOU ARE PROVIDING YOURS, WE CAN DO IT TO LEVEL 1 - 3.

LEVEL 1 IS THE INSIDE PLAYER AND PIANO MECHANISM. THIS CAN ALSO INCLUDE NEW PINS, STRINGS AND HAMMERS. THIS IS A FULL RESTORATION OF THE INSIDE OF THE PLAYER PIANO AND PIANO FUNCTIONALLY. HOWEVER, IT IS VARIABLE AS TO BUDGET. FOR EXAMPLE, YOU MAY CHOOSE NOT TO CHANGE THE PINS, STRINGS OR HAMMERS.

LEVEL 2 IS ALL OF LEVEL 1 BUT WITH THE OUTSIDE CASE AND SPOOLBOX REFINISHED. THE PEDALS ALONG WITH THEIR ASSEMBLY ARE RESTORED TO NEW VISUALLY.

LEVELS 1 AND 2 AREN'T FIXED OR ABSOLUTE. WE CAN MODIFY AS NEEDED TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS. THIS IS JUST A ROUGH IDEA. FOR EXAMPLE, YOU MAY WISH TO HAVE THE PLAYER PIANO ELECTRIFIED IN LEVEL 1. THIS IS FINE.


LEVEL 3 MEANS EVERYTHING IS RESTORED AND I WISH TO GO INTO DETAIL OF WHAT THIS RESTORATION MEANS. BUT BEFORE I DO, I ASK YOU TO ASK WHOEVER ELSE YOU ARE CONSIDERING WORKING WITH WHAT THEIR SPECIFICATIONS ARE, PHOTOS ARE, TESTIMONITALS ARE. LOOK AT THE PICTURES OF THEIR "RESTORED" PLAYER PIANO. LOOK AT THE NICKEL AND BRASS RESTORATION OF THE PEDALS, SPOOLBOX AND CASE. LOOK TO SEE IF THE STRINGS AND/OR PINS ARE NEW. IF THERE IS NEW RED FELT DOWN AT THE BASS BRIDGE WHERE THE STRINGS CONNECT. THINK OF THE PLAYER PIANO AS MORE THAN JUST A PLAYER PIANO BUT A WORK OF ART. IS THE PLAYER PIANO YOU ARE LOOKING AT RESTORED TO BE A WORK OF ART  ?

SPECIFICATIONS:

1. THE SPOOLBOX IS RESTORED TO LOOK AND FUNCTION AS NEW. IF IF IT IS BLACK IT IS REFINISHED. IF IT IS WOOD, IT IS REFINISHED. ALL NICKEL AND BRASS WILL BE RESTORED AND COATED AS WELL TO HELP PREVENT TARNISH ONCE AGAIN.

2. THE TRANSMISSION IS RESTORED TO LOOK AND FUNCTION AS NEW. IT WILL ALSO RECEIVE THE PROTECTIVE COATING AND HAVE SYNTHETIC OIL / GREASE APPLIED.

3. THE AIR MOTOR WILL RECEIVE NEW PNEUMATIC MATERIAL AND NEW MATERIAL ON THE SLIDES. THE WOOD GUIDES WILL HAVE NEW FELT INSTALLED AS WELL. THE FELT IN THE BUSHINGS THAT DRIVE THE CAM OF THE AIR MOTOR WILL BE REPLACED AND ALL WOOD WILL BE REFINISHED TO NEW. ALL NICKEL, BRASS AND PLAQUES WILL BE RESTORED AND PROTECTIVE COATED AS WELL.

4. GOING TO THE LEFT OF THE SPOOLBOX AS YOU FACE THE PLAYER PIANO, IS THE TRACKER CONTROL. ALL PNEUMATIC MATERIAL AND LEATHER POUCHES WILL BE REPLACED ALONG WITH VALVE LEATHER. ALL NICKEL AND BRASS IS RESTORED TO NEW AND PROTECTIVE COATED. ALL  FELT AND LEATHER NUTS ARE REPLACED AS WELL.

5. ALL RUBBER, LEAD OR MATERIAL TUBE LINES ARE REPLACED THAT LEAD UP TO THE SPOOLBOX AND TOP OF THE PLAYER MECHANISM OR STACK. CLEAR PLASTIC IS NEVER USED. NEOPRENE RUBBER LINES AND HIGH QUALITY RUBBER / MATERIAL HOSES ARE USED.

6. ALL WOOD THAT EXISTS ON TOP OF THE STACK AND EVEN THE STACK ITSELF WILL BE REFINISHED TO NEW.

7. ALL NICKEL AND BRASS SCREWS AND WASHERS WILL BE RESTORED TO NEW WITH PROTECTIVE COATINGS.

8. ANY AUTOMATIC SOFTS THAT  MAY EXIST AT THE TOP OF THE PLAYER PIANO ARE WOOD REFINISHED TO NEW. ALL NICKEL AND BRASS IS RESTORED SUCH AS THE RODS AND HINGES AND PROTECTIVE COATED. ALL MATERIAL IS REPLACED ALONG WITH NEW LEATHER GASKETS, POUCHES AND NEW LEATHER ON VALVES.

9. A LIGHT IS INSTALLED IN THE SPOOLBOX IF THE PLAYER PIANO DIDN'T HAVE ONE ORIGINALLY, ALONG WITH AN AUTOMATIC SHUT OFF. THE LIGHT GOES ON WHEN SUCTION IS APPLIED TO THE PLAYER PIANO, NOT NECCESSITATING THE ELECTRIC MOTOR TO BE TURNED ON. SO IN OTHER WORDS, WHETHER YOU PUMP OR TURN ON THE SUCTION MOTOR, YOU STILL HAVE THE LIGHT IN THE SPOOLBOX.

10. STAINED GLASS IS INSTALLED IF DESIRED AND LIGHTS ARE PLACED BEHIND THE STAINED GLASS.

11. HONKY- TONK OR RINKY TINK IS INSTALLED IF THE PLAYER PIANO DIDNT HAVE IT ORIGINALLY.

12. THE BRASS PLATE IS REMOVED AND REFINISHED. THE LETTERING IS RE-DONE BY HAND.

13. THE SOUNDBOARD IS REFINISHED.

14. NEW NICKEL PLATED PINS, NEW WOOD BUSHINGS AND NEW ROSLAU WIRE IS INSTALLED.

15. THE PINBLOCKS ARE REPLACED WITH SUPERIOR 21 PLY DELIGNITE OF GERMANY. THIS IS OPTIONAL, MANDATORY IF THE PINBLOCK HAS CRACK/CRACKS.

16. THE RED FELT IS REPLACED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BASS STRINGS.

17. NEW BASS BRIDGES ARE INSTALLED IF THERE ARE CRACKS.


MOVING DOWN FROM THE TOP OF THE PLAYER PIANO......


18. ALL LEATHER POUCHES ARE REPLACED WITH NEW LEATHER IN THE PLAYER STACK.

19. ALL PNEUMATIC MATERIAL IS REPLACED IN THE PLAYER STACK.

20. ALL LEATHER GASKETS ARE REPLACED.

21. ALL VALVES ARE SET WITH A MICROMETER TO HAVE PRECISE THROW AND RESEALED TO THE DECK.

22. ALL VALVES RECEIVE NEW LEATHER.

23. THE RODS THAT ARE ATTACHED TO THE PNEUMATIC HINGES RECEIVE NEW LEATHER AND FELT. THEY ARE ALSO REGULATED TO BE IN ALIGNMENT ALONG WITH THE LEVER TO THE WHIPPEN HORIZONTALLY.THE VERTICAL REGULATION IS ADJUSTED ACCURATELY WITH THE CAPSTAN OF THE LEVER TO THE WHIPPEN AS TO HAVE MINIMAL PLAY. TRAVEL IS THEN ALSO REGULATED AS TO ONLY STRIKE THE WHIPPEN A PREDETERMINED DISTANCE.

24. IF THE STACK HAS PRIMARY VALVES BEFORE THE SECONDARY, THOSE VALVES RECEIVE NEW LEATHER AND ARE MICROMETER GAPPED ALONG WITH NEW GASKETS.

25. IF THE STACK HAS PRIMARY VALVES BEFORE THE SECONDARY, THERE ARE LEATHER POUCHES. THEY ARE REPLACED.

26. THE STACK IS REFINISHED COSMETICALLY. SO IF IT IS BLACK IT IS REFINISHED IN BLACK AND IF IT IS IN WOOD, IT IS REFINSIHED IN WOOD.

26. THE STACKS MAIN SUCTION JUNCTION/S RECEIVES NEW LEATHER.


UNTO THE PIANO ACTION:

27. NEW ABEL HAMMERS.

28. NEW SHANKS

29. NEW HAMMER RAIL FELT

30. NEW SPRING RAIL FELT.

31. CORROSION IS REMOVED FROM BUTT SPRINGS.

32. NEW BUTTS ARE INSTALLED

33. NEW STICKER FELT IS INSTALLED WHICH IS BETWEEN THE CAPSTAN AT THE BACK OF THE KEY AND THE PIANO ACTION.

34. NEW FELT IS INSTALLED BENEATH THE BACK OF THE KEYS.

35. NEW FELT IS INSTALLED IN THE CENTER OR KEY RAIL.

36. NEW FELT IS INSTALLED BENEATH THE FRONT OF THE KEYS FOR SOFT APPLICATION.

37. ALL PIANO REGULATION IS DONE UPON THE PIANO ACTION AND KEYS.

38. NEW BONE KEY TOPS AND SHARPS ARE INSTALLED IF NECESSARY.

39. NEW DAMPERS ARE INSTALLED.

40. NEW FELTS WHERE THE SPRINGS CONTACT THE DAMPER.

41. WOOD DAMPER HEADS ARE CLEANED AND REFINISHED. SCREWS ARE POLISHED AND PROTECTIVE COATED.

42. ALL PLAYER CONTROLS AT THE FRONT OF THE KEYS ARE RESTORED TO NEW AND PROTECTIVE COATED.


MOVING DOWN BENEATH THE KEYBED....


42. ALL NICKEL RODS, ALL NICKEL SCREWS, ALL BRASS WASHERS ARE RESTORED TO NEW AND PROTECTIVE COATED. THIS INCLUDES THE RODS BENEATH THE KEYBED AND THE THICK RODS CONNECTING TO THE PEDALS. ALL CONNECTING RODS BETWEEN THE BELLOWS AND THE PLAYER CONTROL RODS ARE RESTORED TO NEW AND PROTECTIVE COATED.

43. ALL CONNECTING RODS BETWEEN BELLOWS AND PLAYER CONTROL RODS RECEIVE NEW LEATHER NUTS AND FELTS IF APPLICABLE.

44. THE BELLOWS ARE REFINISHED TO NEW.

45. THE BELLOWS MATERIAL IS REPLACED.

46. ALL  BELLOW LEATHER SLIDE VALVES RECEIVE NEW LEATHER AND FELT.

47. IF THERE IS AN AUTOMATIC LOUD, THE MATERIAL IS REPLACED, VALVE LEATHER AND POUCH LEATHER IS REPLACED, THE WOOD IS REFINISHED AND ALL CORRESPONDING HARDWARE IS RESTORED WITH PROTECTIVE COATING APPLIED.

48. WOOD RODS FOR THE SOFT AND LOUD PEDALS RECEIVE NEW FELTS.

49. THE SPRINGS FOR THE SOFT AND LOUD PEDALS ARE RESTORED AND PROTECTIVE COATED.

50. THE PLAYER PIANO PEDALS ARE RESTORED AND PROTECTIVE COATED.

51. THE PLAYER PIANO PEDALS ARE RESTORED ALONG WITH NEW RUBBER PADS. THE FINISH ON THE ENTIRE PEDAL ASSEMBLY IS PROTECTIVE COATED. IF THERE IS A WOOD BASE TO THE PEDALS, IT IS REFINSIHED.

52. NEW FELT FOR PIANO PEDAL BORDER


UNTO THE CASE...

53. THE CASE OF THE PLAYER PIANO IS REFINISHED IN ORIGINAL VARNISH. IF A COLOR FINISH IS DESIRED IN ONE OR MORE COLORS, IT IS DONE IN HAND RUBBED LACQUER.

54. ALL NAMEPLATES ON THE PLAYER PIANO ARE RETAINED AND BORDERED IF POSSIBLE. IF NOT,  A BRASS NAMEPLATE IS USED WITH BLACK LETTERING.

55. ALL PLAYER PIANO HARDWARE IS EITHER RESTORED TO NEW AND PROTECTIVE COATED OR REPLACED WITH NEW AND PROTECTIVE COATED.

56. ALL PORTS EXITING FROM THE SOUNDBOARD UP TO THE TOP IF APPLICABLE ( NOTE LEVEL 3 RESTORATION ) ARE RESTORED AND PROTECTIVE COATED.

57. NEW BRASS CASTERS ARE INSTALLED IN FRONT OF THE PLAYER PIANO.


OPTIONS:


1. ELECTRIFICATION IS A NO COST OPTION. WITH ELECTRIFICATION, WE INSTALL A SUCTION MOTOR IN THE PLAYER PIANO OR OUTSIDE OF THE PLAYER PIANO IN A WOOD FINISHED BOX. IT CAN BE IN A DIFFERENT ROOM OR A DIFFERENT FLOOR. PLACING THE SUCTION MOTOR IN A DIFFERENT ROOM OR FLOOR CAN BE AN AT COST OPTION DEPENDING UPON DISTANCE AND CIRCUMSTANCES. WITH ELECTRIFICATION ALSO COMES AUTOMATIC SHUT OFF AT THE END OF THE ROLL.

2. AUTOMATIC LIGHT IN SPOOLBOX IS A NO COST OPTION. WITH THE AUTOMATIC LIGHT, AS SOON AS SUCTION IS INTRODUCED TO THE SYSTEM BY EITHER PUMPING THE PEDALS OR ELECTRIC MOTOR, A LIGHT COMES ON IN THE SPOOLBOX SO YOU CAN READ THE WORDS ON THE ROLLS MORE EASILY.

3. STAINED GLASS IS A NO COST OPTION TO INSTALL IN THE PLACE OF THE DOORS. HOWEVER, IF THE DOORS OR FRONT HAS TO BE CUT OUT, AND/OR IF LIGHTS ARE REQUESTED TO BE INSTALLED INSIDE TO ILLUMINATE THE STAINED GLASS, THIS IS EXTRA. IN ADDITION, THE STAINED GLASS IS PURCHASED DIRECTLY FROM THE STAINED GLASS COMPANY AND IS A CHARGE FROM THEM, NOT FROM US.

4. IF LIGHTS ARE REQUESTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PLAYER PIANO TO SHINE TOWARDS THE BOTTOM BOARD OR BELLOWS AS CAN BE SEEN WITH THE PHOTOS OF THE LEVEL 3 RESTORATION ON THE HOME PAGE AND RESTORATION PHOTOS PAGE, THIS IS EXTRA.


WHEN ALL WORK IS COMPLETED, YOU ARE PRESENTED WITH A PORFOLIO OF PHOTOS THAT IS PROVIDED ALONG WITH YOUR PLAYER PIANO TO CONFIRM THE SPECIFICATIONS LISTED AND SUBSTANTIATE THE PLAYER PIANOS VALUE.